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Ky. Kingdom announces new rides after successful year

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Cyclos -A monstrous swinging/rotating pendulum that loops 360 degrees in the air. Cyclos -A monstrous swinging/rotating pendulum that loops 360 degrees in the air.
Blast off on the Enterprise, it’s sure to turn your world upside down and inside out. Blast off on the Enterprise, it’s sure to turn your world upside down and inside out.
Try to stay dry while navigating the wilderness waterways the Raging Rapids River Ride! Try to stay dry while navigating the wilderness waterways the Raging Rapids River Ride!
You’ll now be able to see Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay like you’ve never seen them before – swinging 130 feet atop of Skycatcher. You’ll now be able to see Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay like you’ve never seen them before – swinging 130 feet atop of Skycatcher.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Kingdom might be considered Louisville's "comeback kid" as it closes out a successful year -- its first year of operation since a four-season hiatus.Kentucky Kingdom officials wouldn't disclose profits, but they said the investment they're making in the park should be an indication of their performance. Owners of the amusement park said they will spend $8-10 million in new rides and improvements before re-opening in April 2015.

"When you spend, they will come," said CEO Ed Hart. "We are going to make sure this park returns to premiere status."

Park officials said Kentucky Kingdom hosted around 600,000 guests this season, including the sale of more than 100,000 season passes. Hart said attendance this year was not near the park's peak performance of 1.4 million visitors in 1998, but it was much higher than the park's first opening season more than two decades ago.

"When we opened in 1990, that first year we did 137, 000. In 2014 we did 600,000," said Hart. "So I feel pretty comfortable saying we're going to do a million plus."

In order to increase attendance, officials said they intend on spending around $1 million in nearby large metro areas like Indianapolis and Nashville this year, to try to attract overnight guests.

On top of a new roller coaster and river raft ride, the five new attractions will include a Ferris wheel that flattens as it spins, a SkyCatcher that will swing riders 130-feet in the air, and a Cyclos pendulum that swings and spins 360 degrees.

Viewers will be happy to know that ticket prices won't be going up. Park officials say daily passes and early bird season passes will stay the same next year.

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